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Reconnecting With the Spirit of Innovation

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electronics862
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Re: Great idea
electronics862   10/31/2011 9:36:03 PM
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Thanks for the post Barbara. It is really good idea of mentoring students, it will connect the students with tech professional where they learn ideas from industry professionals. 

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Re: A good initiative
Tvotapka   10/30/2011 10:58:04 PM
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Aspects that set FIRST apart:
  • Youngsters interact directly with engineer mentors from high-tech firms in their region.
  • The program involves kids of all shapes, sizes and interests. I've seen sports jocks and science buffs get into this with passion.
  • The program gives kids a sense of business too as they often get into fundraising activities to support their team.
  • Communities around the competing school get fired up about technology and science with the same enthusiasm as a high school homecoming game.

...and that's not all.

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Re: Great idea
Anna young   10/30/2011 3:24:26 AM
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FIRST mentoring program sounds great. This is a brilliant idea to involve and challenge young budding scientific minds. What's more to take these young talents  beyond this model program  is just fantastic and rewarding ( we owe it to the future generations).

Well done Dean Kamen, this is indeed keeping with the spirit of innovation.

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Re: A good initiative
Ms. Daisy   10/29/2011 12:06:37 AM
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The FIRST model is how to get the young and bright minds to innovate. Other than the focus being on robotics, how is this different from Boys and girls club?

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Tvotapka   10/27/2011 3:28:01 PM
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And by the way, Kamen grew up on Long Island. So he's not your average Silicon Valley dude!

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Tvotapka   10/27/2011 3:25:32 PM
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Oh it's grown beyond U.S. borders. FIRST is primarily a national program that challenges teams of students and their mentors to design and build a 130 pound robot in a six-week timeframe using a standard "kit of parts" and a common set of rules. Teams build robots from the parts and enter them in a series of robotics competitions designed by Dean Kamen and Woodie Flowers. The International Competition has grown to more than 1,303 teams competing in 37 Regional Events, including Israel and Brazil.

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Re: FIRST
Ms. Daisy   10/26/2011 12:51:17 PM
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Thanks for the post and the information on FIRST. this is the way to rejuvenate the innovative and enterpreneural spirit.

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Barbara Jorgensen   10/26/2011 11:58:36 AM
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 I hadn't heard of FIRST before this presentation, and I was amazed at its accomplishments. It has absolutely exploded. One of the last events was too big for the Disney Epcot Center and had to be moved to a sports arena. Kamen has made a huge impact on school-age children and they are developing their own roster of superstars. His message is spot-on: we have to get kids to idolize the folks with brains as well as brawn. Thanks to those of you that have already been involved, and for those of you that would like to, Kamen provided this email address: dkamen@dekaresearch.com

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jbond   10/26/2011 7:20:51 AM
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The FIRST program sounds like an excellent idea. It is great to hear about young students getting excited about science. These students are our future; we need them to be excited about the future possibilities. From the sounds of this, they are well under way to achieving significant growth and involving students from all over the country.

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TIOLUWA   10/26/2011 4:02:05 AM
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I'm hearing of FIRST for the first time, and i think its an awesome idea, i've been looking to start such a project in my country in africa.

 

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